Tom Marvolo Riddle. He sounds normal enough, but Tom Marvolo Riddle is Lord Voldemort. Sound friendly now? Tom Riddle was born December 31, 1926. At a mere twelve years old, he was moved into an orphanage, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. On Tom’s mother’s side, Marvolo and Morfin Gaunt were the last descendants of Salazar Slytherin himself. Tom’s father was a muggle, and he was placed under a love potion by Merope Gaunt, Tom’s mother. At some point, she stopped the love potions in hope that Tom Riddle Senior (Snr) would stay with them without the influence of magic. Unfortunately, Tom Riddle Snr abandoned them. He was born at Wool’s Orphanage, and his mother died giving birth to him. Tom Riddle grew up there with no knowledge of his magical background. The orphanage was a muggle orphanage, so they did not know of Tom’s magic.
Tom had very powerful magic at a young age, and he was a noticeable Parseltongue. It was clear Tom wanted to stand out from everyone else, and he didn’t take reprimands well. He was very pleased to hear his wand was powerful but was later upset when it failed to kill Harry Potter. At Hogwarts, he deceived many teachers into thinking his facade of a perfect student was real. All except Dumbledore, who never forgot the terrible things Tom told him he had done. Tom’s “friends” were the first of the “Death Eaters.” It was clear he held no sympathy for them, and he forced them to do merciless and petty deeds.
When he entered Hogwarts, he became immersed by the magic and wanted to know his heritage. He studied far into his ancestry, and eventually he was lead to the Chamber of Secrets. Tom was able to open the Chamber and set the beast, a Basilisk, loose. It killed Myrtle Warren, or as many know Moaning Myrtle, and that’s when the talk about closing Hogwarts was starting. Tom didn’t want to live at the orphanage permanently, so he framed Rubeus Hagrid and Aragog. He received a trophy for Special Services to the school, but Dumbledore didn’t believe Hagrid was to blame. Dumbledore got Hagrid the groundskeeper job. Tom created a diary to preserve his soul, his very first Horcrux.
Sometime in 1943, Tom went to meet his family members. Tom was furious when he heard about his father, and he sought immediate revenge. He took Morfin’s wand and killed his father, grandfather, and grandmother. Then, he charmed Morfin into thinking he killed them. Tom got away with it, and Morfin was sent to Azkaban for life.
In his sixth year, Tom started questioning about Horcruxes. Professor Slughorn, the potions teacher at the time, had told him all he needed. He went out after school to collect and make Horcruxes. Hepzibah Smith was tricked into showing Tom his most prized possesions. Tom took them for his own, created another frame, and left his job at Borgin and Burkes.
The rest essentially is what happened in Harry Potter’s life time. The prophecy angered Voldemort, so he took action to kill the Chosen One. However, the Chosen One could’ve been Harry Potter or Neville Longbottom. Harry Potter was Voldemort’s target, and he ended up failing to kill Harry. He instead killed himself and made Harry Potter an accidental Horcrux. The rest is history.
In the end, Voldemort started out as an orphan, then he grew into a full-fledged murderer. It seems that Tom Riddle was cold and calculating, but Voldemort was a man with power and believed death was the worst punishment of all. Maybe he wouldn’t have been the same if his mother didn’t die, or if he didn’t grow up in an orphanage. Perhaps if he wasn’t sorted into Slytherin, but Gryffindor. However, that would never happen.
Tom Marvolo Riddle went from an orphaned boy who took his anger out in all the wrong ways to Voldemort, a Dark Lord who was afraid of death. Between his dark deeds, he’s just another fellow who wanted to escape death. Every person will one day greet death, no matter if you’re old, young, or middle-aged.
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